head·​gear | \ˈhed-ˌgir \

Definition of headgear 

1 : a covering or protective device for the head

2 : a harness for a horse's head

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Synonyms for headgear


cap, chapeau, hat, headdress, headpiece, lid [slang]

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Examples of headgear in a Sentence

The law requires cyclists to wear protective headgear. Her preferred form of headgear is a big, floppy hat.

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The Guardian points out that this specific headgear has become a symbol of oppression — a comment that many are echoing on social media. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Melania Trump Wore a White Pith Helmet While Visiting Kenya," 6 Oct. 2018 The Duchess joined children from St. Stephen’s School in picking up leaves from the forest floor and using them to create crafty headgear. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kids Couldn't Stop Hugging Kate Middleton at Her First Working Event After Maternity Leave," 2 Oct. 2018 Lacking proper helmets, the SEAL divers taped a medley of flashlights to their improvised headgear. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018 Saran-wrap headgear and netting over some entire outfits completed the avant-garde vibe. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Ankle iPhone Holsters Appear at Couture Fashion Week," 4 July 2018 Other headgear in the mix included conical clown caps and slouchy sparkly beanies. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 The move may come as even less of a surprise considering the recent royal wedding brought out a slew of major hats, and the appreciation for stellar headgear no doubt has swept the rest of Europe. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Breathes New Life Into This French Girl Style Signature," 29 May 2018 Designer Simon Porte Jacquemus and his La Bomba spring 2018 collection is partly responsible, with its gigantic shoulder-grazing headgear that defied gravity (and practicality) and evoked the luxurious feel of a beachside vacation. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "How a Larger-Than-Life Sunhat Became Summer's Must-Have Accessory," 11 July 2018 Has headgear technology not improved in the last 15 years? Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Is The Kissing Booth The Best Teen Movie Of Our Time?," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of headgear

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headgear was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of headgear

: things (such as hats and helmets) that are worn on your head


head·​gear | \ˈhed-ˌgir \

Kids Definition of headgear

: something worn on the head She wears protective headgear when skiing.

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